In the wake of First Amendment victory in New York, Ginn warns Christians to be alert for the ‘blatant efforts of a hedonistic culture to eradicate faith from the marketplace’
September 12, 2022
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino recently upheld a Christian adoption agency’s First Amendment rights by ruling it cannot be shut down because it refused to place children with same-sex couples and unmarried cohabitating heterosexual couples. New Hope Family Services was bullied by the New York Office of Children and Family Services to allow adoptions that violated the organization’s ethical standards but it stood firm in its beliefs. After the court ruled in their favor, a New Hope spokesperson stated, “The decision from the court simply allows New Hope to continue serving the community so that more kids find permanent homes, more adoptive parents welcome a new child, and more birth parents enjoy the exceptional support that New Hope has offered for decades.”
Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), commented on the win for the First Amendment, claiming that while conservative Christians might celebrate the victory, they must always have an eye out for more outright attacks against free religion.
“Standing steadfast in the truth of the Gospel and a biblical worldview is not a popular place to be in our present culture in America,” Ginn stated. “We recognize that all too well at Southern Evangelical Seminary where we see the ever-increasing forces of darkness advancing against Christ’s Church and people of true faith in our nation. So, when we see even a small victory for religious liberty it is a cause for celebration.
“A federal district court in New York state has ruled that the state cannot shut down a Christian adoption agency simply because they refuse to place children in the homes of same-sex couples or unmarried heterosexual couples. Judge Mae D’Agostino got it right because this is exactly what the First Amendment to our U. S. Constitution requires.
“Nevertheless, this episode is only a portion of the battle; there is a war still waging. Already there is circulating through the Senate a piece of legislation that has received the moniker of the ‘gay marriage bill.’ While there are assurances that there will be protection for churches themselves and lip service to a protection of religious liberty within the legislation, the reality is that it is nothing more than another weapon to use against parachurch Christian organizations who hold to a biblical worldview of sex within the confines of a family made up of a man and woman who are married to each other.”
Ginn continued, “In the final analysis, all that stands in the way of the onslaught is the tenuous majority of conservative Supreme Court judges who hopefully will see the blatant efforts of a hedonistic culture to eradicate faith from the marketplace for what they are. Rest assured, the attacks will not stop, even with this small victory. In fact, the deluge is only beginning.
“At Southern Evangelical Seminary we have counted the cost, and we will continue to be steadfast in the truth of the Gospel that so desperately needs to penetrate to the very core of our culture. Here we stand. We can do no other.”
Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. Over the course of his 22-year judicial career, he was privileged to hold court in almost 50% of the county seats in North Carolina. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and the defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees (along with several for-credit certificates) that uniquely integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian worldview.